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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 90o 40.00' East  43o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 75,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 2,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located on the northern slope of the Tian Shan mountains and at the south-eastern tip of the Junggar Basin, 300 km east of Changji City and 280 km east of Urumqi. The main habitat in the IBA is dry grassland.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Historical records of Camelus ferus and Saiga tatarica, but they are now locally extinct. Other nationally protected animals include Equus hemionus and Gazella subgutturosa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Chlamydotis undulata unknown  2008  present  A1  Not Recognised 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Desert   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mori Grassland. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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